- having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person.
- destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain.
- lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style.
- open; undisguised: a bald lie.
- Zoology. having white on the head: the bald eagle.
- Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
- to become bald.
- (often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
Origin of bald
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Examples from the Web for balding
Clean-shaven and balding, Saleem is in his forties and walks with a limp.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
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In a somber tone, the balding man with white hair describes having lost two sons in the war, both of them fighters with Fatah.Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ Amid the Rubble of Gaza
August 28, 2014
Sitting at the desk was a man in his mid- to late 40s, balding, conventionally dressed in slacks and an Oxford shirt, no tie.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
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The portly, balding Sabah, a father of two, glances nervously at the television.The Tragic Exodus of Iraq’s Christians
June 22, 2014
In 2012, Donnelly, balding and bespectacled, arrived at the airport in Ontario.Inside California's Crazy Race To Be The GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
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Harding shook his heavy, balding head, staring at the floor.Shock Absorber
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Auguste gently pressed his hand against his father's balding brow.Shaman
Instead, he was about forty, balding, with a little pot-belly and thinning hair.Makers
Major Chapelle was a thickset, balding man in his late forties.Narakan Rifles, About Face!
Bennet Fayon, the biologist and physiologist, plump, pink-faced and balding.Naudsonce
H. Beam Piper
- somewhat bald or becoming bald
- having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
- lacking natural growth or covering
- plain or blunta bald statement
- bare or simple; unadorned
- Also: baldfaced (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
- (of a tyre) having a worn tread
Word Origin and History for balding
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam "brightness, forehead," Greek phalos "white," Latin fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale "forehead." But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of "smooth, round" also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
- Lacking hair on the head.